Warwickshire v Yorkshire, LV= County Championship
Warwickshire slipped to defeat against LV=County Championship Division 1 leaders, Yorkshire, at Edgbaston, in the final session of the third day by an innings and eight runs after being dismissed for 186 runs in their second innings.
Chopra and Porterfield made a cautious start to Warwickshire’s second innings when play resumed on the third morning, but with just eight on the board in the seventh over, Ryan Sidebottom trapped Chopra lbw for five.
Jim Troughton followed for nine caught at backward square-leg by Carver off Brooks and Sam Hain’s resistance of almost 18 overs ended just before lunch when bowled by Patterson for 19.
After the break, Sidebottom struck twice, having Ambrose 14 caught well at second slip by Lyth and then ending William Porterfield’s stubborn resistance when edging to Bairstow for 43.
The afternoon session got worse for the home side when Patterson picked up two quick wickets, as Chris Woakes was well caught at second slip by Adam Lyth for 16 and Rikki Clark followed three runs later to a low return catch that the bowler took just above the turf.
As tea approached Karl Carver’s quicker ball deceived Jeetan Patel who was bowled for 11 and with the fall of wicket, tea was taken with Warwickshire still needing another 36 to avoid an innings defeat.
After tea, Keith Barker’s attempted pull off Jack Brooks’ short delivery found a top edge and Bairstow took a simple catch and with the last two batsmen at the crease, Carver secured a tremendous victory for the visitors when Rankin was lbw for one, leaving Warwickshire still eight runs short of avoiding an innings defeat.
Chris Wright was unbeaten on 19 as Yorkshire’s victory took them to the top of the table and left Warwickshire smarting after suffering a second innings defeat of the season to the Tykes.
Yorkshire took 24 points and Warwickshire 3 points
The overnight pair of Gale and Lees looked to score quickly on the second morning adding 30 runs from just 27 deliveries before Yorkshire’s captain, Andrew Gale top edged an attempted pull off Wright and Tim Ambrose was under the skied ball to complete the catch with Gale just one run short of a half century.
Alex Lees completed his half century before edging Chris Woakes to Ambrose for 64 but with Australian batsman Aaron Finch joining the in-form Johnny Bairstow, Yorkshire continued to build partnerships, with Bairstow passing 50 until he bottom edged an attempted pull off Rankin’s bowling back into his stumps.
Richard Pyrah joined Finch, who became the third Yorkshire batsman to complete a half century and together they added 123 for the sixth wicket during which time, Finch completed his first Championship century for Yorkshire just before tea.
After the interval, Finch 110 went to pull a short delivery from Rankin and his top edge was brilliantly caught by Tim Ambrose jumping high to his right and taking the catch one-handed and his partner Richard Pyrah followed soon afterwards when lbw to Rikki Clarke with Yorkshire leading by 159 runs.
Steven Patterson swung the bat and made a useful 32 before pulling Patel to Porterfield at mid-wicket while Sidebottom 8 and Brooks 3 defied Warwickshire’s attack until the final over of the day when Barker claimed his first wicket of the innings as Yorkshire’s innings closed on 422 with a first innings lead of 194.
There were some early setbacks for Warwickshire on the opening morning, after winning the toss and batting at Edgbaston against Yorkshire, losing three wickets in the first session, including captain, Jim Troughton.
William Porterfield was first to go, taken at slip for 13 by Aaron Finch off Steve Patterson and after Varun Chopra and Troughton appeared to be steadying the innings, wickets in consecutive overs from Richard Pyrah, 20 minutes before lunch, put Yorkshire back in the driving seat.
Chopra 29 edged Pyrah to Bairstow and in his next over Troughton was bowled for 33 as Warwickshire went to lunch on 71-3.
After the interval, Brooks had Sam Hain caught at slip by Finch for eight and Chris Woakes followed to Brooks’ next delivery in similar fashion.
When Rikki Clarke became the fourth player to be taken at slip, again without scoring in the next over from Patterson, Warwickshire had lost three wickets for just one run in seven balls.
Tim Ambrose and Keith Barker added 34 runs for the seventh wicket until Ambrose was caught at slip by Lees for 29 and after a partnership of 47 for the eighth wicket Karl Carver picked up his maiden first-class wicket when Barker was caught at slip by Finch for 36.
Chris Wright was next to go, for six, bowled while playing back to Brooks in what should have been the final over before tea, but with nine wickets down an extra eight overs can be played and in that time, Patel completed his half century and added 48 for the last wicket with Boyd Rankin 11, before the big left-hander was lbw to Sidebottom leaving Patel unbeaten on 63 as Warwickshire were dismissed for 228 in 71.3 overs.
In reply, Yorkshire made a solid start, before Chris Woakes struck twice in consecutive overs from the Birmingham End, having Adam Lyth caught at second slip by Jeetan Patel for 11 and then Jack Leaning edged him to Varun Chopra at slip before he had scored.
37-2 with 12 overs to survive before stumps, Yorkshire’s third wicket pair of Alex Lees 40* and skipper Andrew Gale 31* saw the visitors through without further loss to close the opening day on 82-2 trailing by 146 runs.